Transdisciplinarity in Corporate Sustainability: Mapping the Field

Business Strategy and the Environment, Forthcoming

Posted: 2 Nov 2012

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Stefan Schaltegger

Leuphana University of Lueneburg

Markus Beckmann

Leuphana University Lueneburg

Erik G. Hansen

Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz

Date Written: March 31, 2013

Abstract

Sustainability challenges are complex. So are the challenges that business firms encounter in their corresponding quest for corporate sustainability. Given this complexity, there is a need for new approaches to corporate sustainability management research. We discuss transdisciplinarity as such a novel approach in three steps. After showing that specialization is the primary conventional response to increasing complexity, we first briefly compare how inter-, multi-, and trans-disciplinarity reintegrate decentral, specialized knowledge. The second step describes how the emerging sustainability science has recently advanced the transdisciplinary methodology. Based on the two dimensions of interdisciplinarity and academia-practice collaboration, we thirdly, generate a framework for mapping existing research approaches in terms of their transdisciplinary qualities. We use this framework to identify room for novel methodologies in sustainability management research.

Keywords: Corporate Sustainability, Sustainable Development, Management, Transdisciplinarity, Interdisciplinarity, Research methods

Suggested Citation

Schaltegger, Stefan and Beckmann, Markus and Hansen, Erik G., Transdisciplinarity in Corporate Sustainability: Mapping the Field (March 31, 2013). Business Strategy and the Environment, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2169334

Stefan Schaltegger

Leuphana University of Lueneburg ( email )

Scharnhorststra├če 1
L├╝neburg, 21335
Germany

Markus Beckmann

Leuphana University Lueneburg ( email )

Scharnhorststrasse 1
Lueneburg, 21314
Germany
+49(0)4131-677 2167 (Phone)
+49(0)4131-677 2186 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://www.leuphana.de/csm

Erik G. Hansen (Contact Author)

Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz ( email )

Linz
Austria

HOME PAGE: http://www.jku.at/iqd/content/e288348

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